Not wanting to be the bearer of bad news, I figured that you, our loyal readers, would take this news better coming from me. It appears that The Phantom Thief has struck again and has stolen Persona 5 from 2015. Yep, you heard that right. Persona 5 will not release in 2015. The next numbered entry of the Persona franchise will now release in Japan and the Americas in 2016. Here, take a tissue. There, there now.
Built on a solid foundation of compelling characters, a moving, relatable story, and a borderline obsession with minutiae, in order to get this game right, none of these elements can be rushed or taken lightly. So while ATLUS realizes the frustration and disappointment that this must cause for fans of the series, know with unwavering certainty that they are delaying the game in order to make sure the next iteration of the Persona series lives up to expectations.
Persona 5 will be released in 2016 exclusively on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 systems.